Energy and Environment Update - October 31, 2010


Energy and Climate Debate

As candidates around the country prepare for the outcomes of this week’s midterm elections, current Congressmen will ready themselves for the lame duck session, and the Administration and new Congress will begin outlining their priorities for the coming year.

With a majority shift in the House and significant Republican gains in the Senate expected, energy and environmental issues are likely to be reassessed with a mind toward fewer comprehensive approaches and more smaller, piecemeal packages in the coming Congress, though a renewed sense of bipartisanship and a need to compete in an increasingly competitive and rapidly developing global clean energy economy may hasten the passage of several domestic incentive programs as well. Combine those concepts with the need to increase our energy security and boost our energy independence, and Congress may pass one or more energy packages in the new year.

Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is gearing up to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources under the Clean Air Act beginning January 2nd, and several other clean energy regulations will follow shortly thereafter....

Also in this issue, updates regarding: Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of the Interior; Department of Justice; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Trade Commission; and Miscellaneous.

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